A Day at the Statehouse and a Night of Slaughter

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Nine congregants of the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. were killed, including the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney and two newly ordained ministers, each shot multiple times with a .45-caliber handgun. The shooter—identified by the police as Dylann Storm Roof, a white 21-year-old high school dropout and sometime landscaper—has been charged with nine counts of murder.

“You are raping our women and taking over our country,” Mr. Roof said to the victims, all of them black, before killing them, witnesses told the police.

By Richard Fausset, John Eligon, Jason Horowitz and Frances Robles, New York Times, Jun. 20, 2015

 

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